OKLAHOMA CITY —
An Oklahoma lawmaker has requested that the state election board call for a forensic and independent audit of the 2020 General Election results in Oklahoma County and two other random counties in the state.
"Oklahomans have the right to know their election results can be trusted," state Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, said in a news release.
Roberts wrote a letter to the Oklahoma State Election Board, saying, "Every citizen deserves to have faith in the integrity of the election process and its outcome. It is my responsibility, as an elected public servant, to assure my constituents that Oklahoma’s elections are safe and secure."
Roberts continued the news release by spreading unfounded claims that there was widespread voter fraud in various states during the 2020 presidential election.
The audit the Republican lawmaker requested would consist of a registration and votes cast audit, a vote count and tally audit, an election voting systems audit and a reported results audit.
According to the Oklahoma State Election Board's website, former President Donald Trump won Oklahoma County with 49.21% of the vote. President Joe Biden received 48.08% and about 3,300 fewer votes than Trump.
The presidential race in Oklahoma County was much closer than the statewide numbers. Trump won Oklahoma's seven Electoral College votes after garnering 65.37% of the vote and collecting a little more than double the amount of votes the Biden-Harris ticket received in the Sooner State.
State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said the day after the General Election that Oklahoma voters set a record for the most votes ever cast for president in the state's history.
"Considering this was a Presidential General Election conducted during a pandemic, one week after a major ice storm, with a record level of voter participation, it went fairly smoothly," Ziriax said in November. "I am very proud of our county election officials, poll workers, and state election board staff for their perseverance, professionalism, and dedication to free and fair elections."
Ziriax also reported in November that Oklahoma's election process went relatively smoothly. Most issues that were reported were people campaigning for their candidate too close to the polls and social distancing measures slowing down the voting process.
"There were maybe a few other types of allegations made that did not necessarily pan out," Ziriax said. "But there were a lot of electioneering allegations that turned out to be factual, and thankfully, local law enforcement did a great job making sure those people stayed at least 300 feet away from the ballot box."
Source: KOCO ABC 5